BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Integrated Foundation Year Build your academic knowledge and confidence before your Early Childhood Studies degree begins Course in Islamabad || Registration Open
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Begin your journey towards becoming a skilled Early Years practitioner
Are you interested in studying an early years degree but feel you would benefit from a better foundation of knowledge?
Then the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Integrated Foundation Year is an ideal option for you.
Develop your knowledge and skills
This four-year route will build your academic skills and enable you to confidently embark on an undergraduate degree.
Over the four years, you will focus on work with young children up to the age of eight.
By the end of this degree, you will develop your effectiveness as a skilled Early Years practitioner.
Study areas include:
- Child development
- Children’s behaviour
- Special Educational Needs and Disability
Practical placement options
With a minimum of two practice placements, you will be able to make critical links between theory and practice, building your confidence as an early year’s practitioner.
We believe it is invaluable to link theory that you learn on the degree, with practice. Alongside the placement opportunities on this course, we’ve introduced an optional qualification element to this course to enhance your employability prospects.
In the final year, this course offers you the option to complete a third practice placement in order to gain your Graduate Practitioner Competencies, enhancing employment opportunities within the early year’s sector.
If you follow the Graduate Practitioner pathway in your final year, you will graduate with both a practical and an academic qualification at Level 6. Many of our students also choose to specialise further in a career pathway such as teaching or social work.
Our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Integrated Foundation Year degree is a recognised qualification by the Department of Education.
This means you will gain a ‘full and relevant’ qualification, which is important should you wish to work in an early years setting and be included in an employer’s staff to child ratio.
On this course you will
- Investigate, understand and analyse the fast-changing landscape of working with young children.
- Develop your academic skills on an integrated foundation year.
- Gain practical experience in different early years settings.
- Provide a firm foundation for a career within educational settings.
Develop your practice skills and knowledge of working with children
Studying at university can be challenging but that’s the beauty of studying this course with an integrated foundation year.
Following a year that introduces to the subject and develops your academic skills and confidence, you will study a diverse and interesting range of modules.
Select a year
Foundation in Knowledge and Skills
The module will introduce a range of professional, personal, academic and employment-related skills. These include developing resilience and self-efficacy, reflective practice, academic writing and research skills. You will also develop practice skills, including: communication skills, managing personal and professional conflicts; setting professional boundaries; team working. Finally, the module will focus on your employability, through self-presentation, interview techniques; and C.V. writing development.
Teaching and Assessment
Feel the support of our staff as you gain confidence in your abilities
You will learn from expert practitioners and accomplished academics with a wide range of experience within the field of Early Childhood Studies.
We bring new research together with established theory into the classroom through a mix of direct teaching, seminars, and activity-based learning.
Within your learning sessions, you will be challenged to go further and be encouraged to be proactive, responsive and responsible for your own learning and ideas outside of the classroom.
Our focus on group discussion and the consideration of the thoughts of others allow you to develop your own ideas.
It is important that our assessments are designed to meet the various learning needs of students.
We offer a variety of assessment methods that include presentations, assignments, exams, academic posters and placement portfolios.
We also encourage our students to publish their work. Past students have had articles accepted in sector publications such as Early Years Educator.
Gain vital experience within a professional environment to support your learning
As part of our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with Integrated Foundation Year, you will gain the opportunity to experience placements during both your second and third years.
These placements will allow you to work directly within local early years settings as you apply your theoretical learning within a real-world classroom environment.
Placements are assessed, which means you will exit the course with the equivalent of the Department for Education (DfE) full and relevant requirements for Early Years practice.
We have incorporated the option of the Graduate Practitioner Competencies into your placements, which gives allows you to finish the course as a Graduate Practitioner.
Develop your career opportunities within early years professions
With this degree, you can pursue a career as an Early Years Practitioner.
You’ll foster and develop the abilities, social skills and understanding of children aged three to five, focusing on optimum child development and preparation for a successful transition to primary school education.
Possible career paths include:
- Early Years management
- Health and social care
- Nursery management
- Hospital support
- Outreach worker with family centres
- Community development